Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Mississippi
Collins (6-3, 250), selected No. 52 overall in the second round, is a hybrid defensive end and linebacker, much like Jermaine Cunningham. In high school he played quarterback and safety before being recruited to Southern Miss as a safety. They moved him to linebacker and by his senior year he was playing on the defensive end, where he was first-team All-Conference USA. He totaled 196 tackles and 21 sacks for Southern Miss. He fits as a possible cover linebacker for the Patriots, running a 4.59 40-yard dash.
He said it: “Man, (chuckle) I feel like the NFL, no matter what team you’re on, you just…I’m just going to play my heart out.”